St. Basil, Letter 2, 4th Century: “Now solitude is of the greatest use… For just as animals are more easily controlled when they are stroked... the soul’s deadly foes, are better brought under the control of reason, after being calmed by inaction, and where there is no continuous stimulation. Let there then be such a place as ours, separate from interactions with men, that the tenor of our exercises be not interrupted from without.”
Pope Benedict XIV, Quod Provinciale, Aug. 1, 1754: “The Provincial Council of your province of Albania… decreed most solemnly in its third canon, among other matters, as you know, that Turkish or Mohammedan names should not be given either to children or adults in baptism… This should not be hard for any one of you, venerable brothers, for none of the schismatics and heretics has been rash enough to take a Mohammedan name, and unless your justice abounds more than theirs, you shall not enter the kingdom of God.” (Quod Provinciale #1, Aug. 1, 1754)
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